Ever heard of moringa?? I’m sure you have walked by it in the health food stores without knowing how amazing the super food is, I’m sure it must have caught your eye, and you most certainly thought, what is this moringa powder, and then walked past it, but next time I’m certain you won’t avoid anywhere you see moringa after reading this.
What is moringa?
Moringa olieifera, also known as horseradish tree, is a small tree which is native to Asia and Africa, it is the most nutritious tree found on the earth, moringa tree grows in a dry environment with a very small amount of water, moringa leaves are the most nutritious part of the tree which are dried and powdered to consume as an alternative to all vitamins and minerals, the moringa pods also known as drumsticks are widely used in Indian and Pakistani cuisine to make curries, and salads, the dried pods contain seeds which moringa oil is extracted from. Moringa is one of the greatest super foods which is gaining popularity amongst health conscious individuals.
Health benefits of moringa
1) moringa is anti-cancer, moringa contains antioxidants called flavanoids, which fight free radicals.
2) moringa boosts your energy as it is high in nutrition and full of minerals and antioxidants, it helps in fighting tiredness and fatigue as it is rich in magnesium.
3) moringa powder flushes out waste toxins from the body and aids support to the liver, it makes your body resistant to the toxins and helps to keep your system clean.
4) moringa powder improves your digestive system and gut health as it is packed with fiber thus giving you relief from constipation, moringa leaves act as a laxative, moringa is known for its anti inflammatory effects and can help in treating stomach ulcers and infections.
5) moringa fights insomnia as it contains amino acids tryptophan which is required for the production of the sleep cycle regulating hormone melatonin.
6) moringa helps you lose excess fat as it is high in fiber and gives you a feeling of fullness, the leaves contain an antioxidant chlorogenic acid which acts as a natural fat burner and also helps in balancing the blood sugar levels which is linked to the metabolism.
How to use
You can take moringa powder as a supplement it is available in a form of a capsule, if you don’t want to consume it as a capsule you can buy moringa powder, add 1/2 tsp to your smoothies or your cereal or a salad or just add in a glass and add water and drink it, my favorite way is to add it to my oatmeal.
Moringa powder nutrition
Moringa powder is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, which consists of iron, vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, magnesium, zinc, fiber, vitamin B3, calcium, folic acid, vitamin K, vitamin E, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, phosphorus vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
What moringa powder does for your body
Moringa leaf powder can supply you with:
10 times more vitamin A than carrots
15 times more potassium than bananas
25 times more iron than spinach
9 times more protein than yoghurt
17 times more calcium than milk
3 times more vitamin c than oranges
Moringa powder for skin
Moringa powder is amazing for your skin as it is packed with skin loving vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin E, vitamin A is necessary for a healthy glowing and radiant complexion and is available in the form of retinol, vitamin E protects the skin cells from oxidative stress helping fight the signs of aging, helping your skin look younger, Antioxidants present in the moringa powder will do wonders for your skin, Antioxidants are essential for protecting your skin, repairing the skin and preventing the cellular damage, slowing the aging process of the skin in the long term, Antioxidants help take care of oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals, free radicals are molecules which damage collagen, causing dry skin, crows feet, fine lines, wrinkles and premature aging.
How to use for skin
Take a spoon of moringa powder, add in 1tsp of rose water, add in a few drops of lemon, mix it apply it to cleansed skin, wait for 10 mins and rinse your face if you have oily skin.
Take a spoon of moringa powder, mix 1 tsp of yoghurt and 1/2 tsp of honey in a bowl, apply to cleansed skin, wait 10 mins and rinse your face if you have dry skin.
Moringa for hair
Moringa is what you are looking for if you want to increase the growth of your hair, add shine to your hair, and get rid of an oily scalp, moringa contains a huge amount of nutrients and antioxidants which are beneficial for healthy hair, moringa prevents hair loss, it contains vitamin B6, biotin and folic acid which are necessary for growing hair, vitamin E is also present in moringa, vitamin E stimulates the scalp by increasing circulation, when the circulation of the blood increases more nutrients are going to the hair follicles which is why your hair will grow stronger and healthier.
How to use moringa for hair
Moringa is available in the form of oil but not yet widely available it can also be quite pricey but if you can afford to buy it, all you have to do is warm it up slightly and massage it in to your scalp and on the roots of your hair, leave it on, after 2 hours wash your hair, you can also leave it on overnight and wash the next morning.
If you can’t buy the oil don’t worry, all you have to do is add 1 tbsp of moringa powder to 1tbsp of almond oil and 1tsp of grape seed oil, warm it up and mix it very well until all the ingredients are well blended, then just apply the oil blend to your scalp and also the tips of your hair, concentrating mostly on the scalp, you do not need to apply to the lengths of your hair, leave it on for 2 hours and shampoo and condition you hair as normal, and let you hair air dry, it works wonders.
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I hope you do try moringa whether it is in the form of a supplement, or powder, it has so many benefits for your well being and just remember always keep smiling! As you are amazing just the way you are!